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Dolly, Op 56
composer
Movement 1: 1894; Movements 2-5: 1896; Movement 6: 1897

Recordings
'Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano' (CDS44601/4)
Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano
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Movement 1: Berceuse
Track 1 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [2'43] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Mi-a-ou
Track 2 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [1'45] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Le jardin de Dolly
Track 3 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [2'11] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Kitty-valse
Track 4 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [2'11] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 5: Tendresse
Track 5 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [2'53] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 6: Le pas espagnol
Track 6 on CDS44601/4 CD4 [2'11] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Dolly, Op 56
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In Dolly (1894–1897) Fauré momentarily recaptures a world of childhood innocence unclouded by adult pain or excess. Composed for Hélène Bardac (the daughter of Emma Bardac) the ‘Berceuse’ is followed by ‘Mi-a-ou’, a waltz-scherzo playfully recalling Hélène’s ‘Messieu Aoul’, the name she gave her brother Raoul. ‘Le jardin de Dolly’ (a New Year’s present for Hélène) with its quote from the first Violin Sonata, is followed by ‘Kitty-valse’, a tender offshoot from the Valses-caprices, while ‘Tendresse’ (a peculiarly untranslatable French word) reflects Fauré’s affection for his friend’s daughter. Finally, a Spanish dance, ‘Le pas espagnol’, in which Fauré, like so many of his most distinguished musical compatriots (Debussy, Ravel and Chabrier, for example) pays tribute to the vibrancy and colour of France’s exotic next-door neighbour.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 1995

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